But Can You Name Them…

I thought I was pretty good with naming (most) of the U.S. presidents, until I worked the New York Times Crossword puzzle today (in syndication). I figured out the theme. I got all five of the theme answers. But I still had a bit of trouble at first figuring out which presidents were being referred to. I almost had to whip out my copy of The Buck Stops Here (http://bit.ly/diNZNe) to refresh my memory of the presidents. How fast can you guess which presidents these are?

sac/air/eat/ail/lore

yule/hiss/say/ask/rent

dumbest/chef/hers/sinn

junk/wins/see/add/hums

hairiest/room/hawn

Answers in comments section!

Haiku R Us

I’ve been in serious haiku mode lately, reading the brand new 25th Anniversary Edition of The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku, by William J. Higginson and Penny Harter. (Look for a book review as soon as I finish it.) In fact, this edition is  so new, Amazon.com doesn’t appear to stock it yet, only the older edition:  http://bit.ly/d8vkkF. I found my copy on the shelves of Annie Bloom’s Books in SW Portland.

There is something captivating about these tiny little word paintings of only seventeen syllables (or less). With spring arriving early in Portland this year, in the guise of purple, yellow and white crocuses, daffodils (yellow, of course!) and amazingly for February, cherry blossoms, I have inspiration galore right outside my window. And of course my two indoor kitties salivating over the bushtits and robins that tantalize them from just on the other side of our thermopane glass give me plenty of inspiration from within.

I am ramping up now for the April poem-a-day challenge. One of my favorite pastimes on the web is following links from other links to see where it takes me, and on one such web surfing expedition, I discovered this wonderfully informative video by Jane Reichhold, an expert on Basho: http://bit.ly/bVAk4h . It’s about an hour long, but can be watched in parts and gives great advice for writing haiku. Plus Jane is nothing if not outspoken, so it makes for a lively presentation.

The Tao of Laundry

I was delighted to receive my contributor’s copy of A Cup of Comfort for Mothers (http://bit.ly/9HC4nv), containing my story The Tao of Laundry. I’ve wanted to be published in A Cup of Comfort ever since I picked up a copy of A Cup of Comfort for Women a few years back and discovered that they accepted submissions from anyone. I had some stories to tell, and here it seemed was a great outlet. I loved the idea of true stories by a wide cross-section of writers, who weren’t necessarily “professional writers”, but merely people like myself with “a story to tell”.

The story is about life, laundry and my mom. I only wish I would have shared the story with my beloved mother. With the second anniversary of her death  having just passed, Mom has been very much on my mind lately. I think the story would have amused her.